Abelia x grandiflora

Glossy Abelia

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - Medium to Fast
Mature Height - 3-6' (has been seen up to 8’ in the South) spreading/dense/rounded wider than tall
Mature Width - 3-6' (lower end of range in North)
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - White-flushed pink, funnel-shaped, 1" long-half as wide, throat 5 lobed, slightly fragrant, 2-5 together in leafy panicles at end of lateral branches, 0.75" long sepals (2-5 per flower) develop rose-purple tinge, persist late summer-early winter-to spring
Fruit - One-seeded, leathery achene with no ornamental value; plant may be essentially sterile
Leaf -
Fall Color - Bronze-green to bronze-red to bronze-purple in late fall and into winter
Bark - Young-pubescent, reddish purple to reddish brown, fine textured appearance, older stem-exfoliating and split to expose light inner bark, bark peeling in string-like threads, leaf scars connected by a stipular line.
Other Features - Excellent medium-fine textural effects in all seasons. Semi-evergreen, handsome in flower, use as bank cover, mass or facing plant, hedge in south; combines well with broadleaf evergreens; safest in zone 6 or south; requires no chemical inputs.
Possible Use -
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Easily grown, transplant B&B/container; acid, well-drained, moist soil; chlorosis in high pH; sun to half shade; damaged in severe winter-needs proper siting; prune dead wood in North; shade tolerance literature indicates; OK under red maple.
Native Habitat - Hybrid of 2 Chinese species, Abelia chinensis × A. uniflora
Diseases and Insects - None serious but leaf spots, mildew, root rots have been reported, aphids are a problem on soft, succulent growth.
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Weakness -

Plants of this taxon:
-not currently in our collection-

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- Other plants with the common name Abelia.
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